BY PAUL HAMPTON | email@example.com | www.SunHerald.com | March 18, 2015
Hattiesburg oilman Tom Blanton calls the embattled Kemper County power plant a “dormant white elephant” in his latest move in a long-running chess match with Mississippi Power over its 2013 rate increase.
“There is no legal or factual basis for the Court to reverse its position and rule in Mississippi Power Company’s favor,” begins Blanton’s response to a request that the Supreme Court reconsider a decision in Blaton’s favor. “The majority and concurring opinions issued by the Court on February 12, 2015, are cogent, tightly considered opinions.”
The state Supreme Court last month threw out the rate increase and ordered Mississippi Power to return to customers the $257 million it had received. Mississippi Power has said if the money were returned, it would be forced to go back to the state Public Service Commission and ask for a 40 percent increase. Both Mississippi Power and the PSC have asked the court to reconsider its decision.
“We are concerned about the extra-judicial campaign conducted by Mississippi Power Company to threaten and intimidate its customers,” said Blanton, who’s running for the Southern District PSC seat being vacated by Steve Renfroe. “That campaign, like its motion, is not supported by the facts and is not supported by the law.”
Blanton’s response says because the Supreme Court rejected the 18 percent increase, the money must be refunded to customers “before
Mississippi Power can even address a future increase.”
Mississippi Power, when asked to respond, pointed to arguments it made in filings last week.